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Lost in the Trees moves ahead to 'Past Life'

Ari Picker (front right) and the new, stripped-down Lost in the Trees
Ari Picker (front right) and the new, stripped-down Lost in the Trees Courtesy of Anti- Records

“Past Life,” the extraordinarily beautiful new album from Lost in the Trees, might be the Chapel Hill band’s best album yet. And while frontman Ari Picker went out of his way to make “Past Life” less about his own story than past Lost in the Trees album, it still has a milestone of sorts in “Glass Harp,” which he calls “As much of a love song as I can write.”

“Well, I’ve done a lot of sappy love songs in previous bands,” Picker explained in a recent interview. “I find it hard to write anything one-dimensional and a love song does not have to be that -- but it is to me as I sit and think about it. That song was about me being unable to sleep, with my wife next to me being very supportive and forgiving of all my anxious (expletive). That’s as close as I can get to it. I don’t know why it’s hard for me. That, um, might be something I need to work on.’

For more, see the preview of Lost in the Trees’ album-release show in Friday’s paper.

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